La Placita de Santurce
La Placita de Santurce
4.5
Historic SitesBars & ClubsFarmers Markets
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Monday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
La Placita de Santurce is one of Puerto Rico’s nightlife hotspots, attracting both locals and travelers. The placita was originally set up as a market square for local produce, and if you visit during the day, you’ll find a number of colorful stalls and restaurants. However, when the sun goes down, out come the live music and partygoers. Head to one of the many bars for cocktails, and even join salsa dancing on the streets. When hungry, be sure to try out one of the placita’s delicious empanadillas. Don't miss all the best spots on a bar hopping tour of San Juan. – Tripadvisor
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  • PR Vagabond
    San Juan, Puerto Rico414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You haven't been to San Juan if you haven't spent an evening at the Placita de Santurce.
    An eclectic crowd, with street food to fancy dining, completely packed streets around the old Market House on the weekends, formal live music, occasional concerts to impromptu drum playing on the street, fancy rooftop lounges to street drinks in plastic cups, fresh juices and coconut water for mixers, cigar bars, and, if you come before 5pm, the historic market building does still have a weekday market with a good variety of local produce. A much smaller number of bars and restaurants are open on weekdays, so if prefer a more relaxed and less crowded ambiance, consider coming on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. No matter when, you will come back with good memories and an authentic San Juan happy hour night out. If you are in a group, a fairly easy walk from the Condado hotel zone.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 14, 2023
  • Renee P
    Arlington, Washington4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!!
    Get here early and find your parking spot! The night life ends at 2am and the time goes by so fast. There are many different bars but only a few places to grab a good meal. Eat before you go or grab a meal here.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Judyros
    Arlington Heights, Illinois81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Uber to The Placita block party!!!
    This is a farmers Market by day n after closing hours and sunset, it becomes a block party! It’s literally a square block of rsnts./bars/night clubs with the market building sitting in the middle. It’s jumping Thursday - Sunday with Saturday night, after 10pm being the peak. Lots of young ppl on weekend nights having a great time, dancing in the streets, singing along n drinking. There’s Marijuana in the air, literally! On Sundays noon till evening there’s salsa n Spanish music in front of Dewald’s, not sure if real name, but there’s a big Dewald sign in front. This place is the most popular we noticed. Spanish singers on Sundays and some regular locals for open mic singing. There are public bathrooms here, they get really messy as the night goes on, n they’re run down. Some doors don’t lock. Bring some bathroom tissue in your pocket ladies, it runs out. During the day, restaurants open around 1 pm n the food in these restaurants at The Placita is authentic Puerto Rican food. We ate at El Popular Restaurant and it was delicious. Average prices. I would Uber, quick n inexpensive, you will pay way more to park around there as there’s no street parking, and they do ticket ppl very often!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Ron K
    New York City, New York124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loud and Fun
    Lots of good restaurants and bars here. Loud raucous atmosphere. Get a drink and wander around until you find the restaurant you want or just go to your place. We ate at San Juan Smokehouse. Good, not great, BBQ, fun atmosphere, great drinks.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2024
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SNOWDAY6
Lares, Puerto Rico525 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The problem is that when you go to a place like this one, without parking, no security, full of youngsters, and without rules, it should be a blast (depending of your company) at low prices. But no. Expensive very average food, expensive low quality drinks, and hot humid weather is what you got. If you then decided for one of the restaurants around, beware of them. Specially SANTAELLA restaurant which is a tourist trap.
Written January 9, 2020
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exotictraveler123
Garland, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This place was recommended by our hotel staff, the live Salsa/Bomba band was nice, people was dancing in the streets and having a good time. There were bars and clubs that lined the streets, no cover charge. In the front area there were a younger crowd and in the center there were more mature people enjoying and dancing to live band.
Written January 25, 2022
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marcain
Washington DC, DC214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The market in the center of the square is pretty small, but has great vegetable vendors. The market square is ringed by a ton of restaurants (Sea Senor looked the best menu, and was great). The whole square gets very lively in the evenings, with a clear competition among the bars and restos to outdo each other with amplification that goes to 11 and beyond. Lots of fun here.
Written March 4, 2022
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CristianaC12
Princeton, NJ11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Wow! This place was alive!!! A whole 2 square blocks shut down to traffic. Tons of restaurants and bars. Loud music from both speakers and live bands. People dancing in the streets. I even saw one guy in a wheel chair chilling on a patio drinking from a six pack he'd bought. No rules either. It was fun.
Written February 25, 2020
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Niketa M
Fayetteville, NC7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
My husband and I wanted to hang out a little while we were in PR. We decided to hang out here. Please don’t go to early because he come to life around 10:00. We caught a Uber and was there around 9:00 because since Covid we were told that restaurants close at 11:00 but the clubs stayed open until 5:00am. This reminded me of a Bourbon Street ( New Orlean)Vibe. Music blasting in the street from clubs, people walking and talking, enjoying themselves. I am going to say I avoid the clubs I did run in an purchase alcohol and back out to the street ( this is Covid). People where every where. I was told by my Uber driver that it gets so pack that people are shoulder to shoulder. Also I want to mention if you call an Uber do it from the bridge. It get so pack that they can’t come in the courtyard so that is the designated spot. I didn’t know and the Uber driver canceled on me and charged me 3.00 cancellation fee. Overall it was a good experience. Oh yeah ladies no heels!!! You want to be comfortable
Written August 28, 2021
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PR Vagabond
San Juan, Puerto Rico414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
An eclectic crowd, with street food to fancy dining, completely packed streets around the old Market House on the weekends, formal live music, occasional concerts to impromptu drum playing on the street, fancy rooftop lounges to street drinks in plastic cups, fresh juices and coconut water for mixers, cigar bars, and, if you come before 5pm, the historic market building does still have a weekday market with a good variety of local produce. A much smaller number of bars and restaurants are open on weekdays, so if prefer a more relaxed and less crowded ambiance, consider coming on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. No matter when, you will come back with good memories and an authentic San Juan happy hour night out. If you are in a group, a fairly easy walk from the Condado hotel zone.
Written November 14, 2023
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patwilso
Curaçao4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
There are some good restaurants in this area, but the sidewalks are crumbling and it's poorly lit, so walking around at night while there's lots of drunk people stumbling around can get a little messy. It's definitely not a place to take kids. More of an outdoor "meat market" type environment for singles.
Written February 11, 2020
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Lissettem3
West Palm Beach, FL11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
First time in Placita Santurce... Loved the Music. The Salsa Live Bands were Awesome!!!! This crowd and atmosphere was great. Listening to old school salsa brought fond memories of my tounger years!
Written February 24, 2020
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,889 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
This place has a split personality. During the day it is a fruit and vegetable market, at night it is a party location with tons of bars. I went there during the day and treated myself to a piece of fruit from one of the vendors. I could see the bars that surround it and the evidence of a heavy night of partying from the night before. Looks like it could be fun.
Written November 13, 2021
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Amy
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a street vibe that really gets started after 10:00 pm. All sorts of places from little dives to full-on salsa clubs. Every age group is represented. This is also the spot to find affordable drinks!
Written August 14, 2022
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